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Silver Birch (horse)

Silver Birch
Sire Clearly Bust
Dam All Gone
Grandsire Busted
Damsire Giolla Mear
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1997
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Breeder J Power and Mrs Power
Owner Brian Walsh
Trainer Gordon Elliott
Record 21: 7-3-2
Earnings ₤537,504
Summary
Silver Birch is a thoroughbred racehorse out of All Gone by Clearly Bust. He was born around 1997 in Ireland, and was bred by J Power and Mrs Power.
Major wins
Becher Chase (2004)
Welsh National (2004)
Grand National (2007)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 16 April 2007

Silver Birch (born 10 April 1997) is an Irish-trained thoroughbred racehorse, owned by Brian Walsh of County Kildare. Ridden by Robbie Power and trained by 29 year-old Gordon Elliott,[1] Silver Birch was the winner of the 2007 John Smith's 2007 Grand National at Aintree Racecourse, run on Saturday 14 April 2007.[2] He was Walsh and Elliott's first runner in the race.[3]

Racing career

Silver Birch had previously won the Welsh National in 2004[4], and had been a highly favoured horse coming into the 2005 Grand National under a previous trainer (Paul Nicholls), but a leg injury ruled him out from the race.[5] He competed in the 2006 race but was hampered and fell at the Chair, the largest fence on the course. His starting price that day, in dramatic contrast to the enthusiasm he'd engendered the previous year, had been 40-1.[6]

Silver Birch also participated in 2009 Grand National, once again under Robbie Power, but unfortunately fell at the Becher's Brook of the second time round.


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